Lane Thomas

Lane Thomas

27-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Washington Nationals
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Thomas revitalized his career in Washington with an .853 OPS in 45 games after he was acquired at the 2021 trade deadline, and he followed up with a solid campaign last year. He saw significant playing time in all three outfield spots and posted a 96 wRC+ with 17 home runs, 52 RBI, 62 runs and eight steals in 146 games. Thomas' numbers don't jump off the page, but he was a decent lineup piece for a Nationals team that is now in a full rebuild after shipping Juan Soto to the Padres. The RBI and run totals are likely to be stunted by Washington's weak lineup, but Thomas could be a depth option for fantasy managers in 2023, as he should receive plenty of playing time if he continues to put up similar numbers. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Nationals in January of 2023.
Avoids arbitration
OFWashington Nationals
January 13, 2023
Thomas signed a one-year contract with the Nationals on Friday to avoid arbitration.
ANALYSIS
Thomas posted a .705 OPS with 17 homers and eight steals in 2022 in his first full season with the Nats. The 27-year-old is slated to open the 2023 campaign as the right fielder and possible leadoff hitter.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
26
4
1
7
15
10
8
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
29
5
1
5
10
4
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+27%
OPS vs LHP
2022
 
 
+9%
OPS vs LHP
2021
 
 
+80%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+102%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020vs Left .822 288 46 9 30 1 .280 .351 .471
Since 2020vs Right .649 564 56 16 52 13 .209 .287 .362
2022vs Left .743 202 27 8 22 0 .253 .302 .441
2022vs Right .682 346 35 9 30 8 .234 .301 .381
2021vs Left 1.103 78 18 1 8 1 .381 .500 .603
2021vs Right .612 186 17 6 20 5 .178 .274 .337
2020vs Left .250 8 1 0 0 0 .125 .125 .125
2020vs Right .504 32 4 1 2 0 .107 .219 .286
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+24%
OPS on Road
2022
 
 
+46%
OPS on Road
2021
 
 
+5%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+13%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020Home .625 383 44 12 30 2 .201 .279 .346
Since 2020Away .775 469 58 13 52 12 .260 .333 .442
2022Home .567 254 29 7 14 1 .181 .252 .315
2022Away .825 294 33 10 38 7 .293 .344 .481
2021Home .773 116 14 4 14 1 .260 .353 .420
2021Away .736 148 21 3 14 5 .214 .331 .405
2020Home .487 13 1 1 2 0 .083 .154 .333
2020Away .431 27 4 0 0 0 .125 .222 .208
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Stat Review
How does Lane Thomas compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
BB/K
0.31
 
BB Rate
7.5%
 
K Rate
24.1%
 
BABIP
.291
 
ISO
.163
 
AVG
.241
 
OBP
.301
 
SLG
.404
 
OPS
.705
 
wOBA
.310
 
Exit Velocity
86.4 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
27.2%
 
Barrels/PA
4.4%
 
Expected BA
.222
 
Expected SLG
.357
 
Sprint Speed
25.5 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
45.0%
 
Line Drive %
17.3%
 
Fly Ball %
37.7%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2022
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A fifth-round pick by Toronto in 2014, Thomas was traded first to St. Louis for international cap space and then to Washington last July in exchange for Jon Lester. He enjoyed a nice run with the Nationals following the move, slashing .270/.364/.489 with seven homers and four steals in 45 games. Because it was such a small sample, Thomas won't pop up on any leaderboards, but his Statcast hard-hit rate was pushing 50% after the trade. Many late bloomers have tempted us but failed to achieve sustained success, and Thomas may very well fit into that category in time, but the plate discipline was strong last year to go with the batted-ball profile. Plus this was not completely out of the blue; Thomas enjoyed a similar hot stretch at the major-league level with the Cardinals in 2019. This is not a bad flier to take if you need five outfielders, but know Thomas is still finding his footing in the big leagues.
It was reported in August that Thomas had tested positive for COVID-19. He returned to a reserve outfielder role at the end of the month, but Thomas simply could not provide the Cardinals with production, leaving the team little choice but to send him back to the alternate site Sept. 16. Thomas did not rejoin the club, but after a full offseason, he should be ready to compete for a roster spot in camp.
Thomas is one of 118 players in the history of MLB to hit a home run in their first major-league at-bat. He joined the St. Louis organization after being dealt from Toronto in exchange for international cap space. As Thomas has worked his way up the chain, he has positioned himself as the next candidate for Cardinals Devil Magic to strike where a seemingly average player performs at a higher level than his projections say he will. He doesn't have a great offensive profile, but will accept his walks and use his speed to take extra bases and swipe bases. The depth chart in front of him got a little less crowded after a couple outfielders were traded to Tampa Bay this offseason. There could eventually be an opportunity for Thomas to show what he can do with semi-regular work. He is a potential 15-20 steal guy with enough playing time.
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Swipes eighth bag
OFWashington Nationals
September 25, 2022
Thomas went 2-for-5 with two runs scored, a double and a stolen base in a 6-1 win Sunday in Miami.
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Out of Sunday's lineup
OFWashington Nationals
September 18, 2022
Thomas is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Marlins, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.
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Launches solo homer in win
OFWashington Nationals
September 18, 2022
Thomas went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Saturday's 5-3 win over the Marlins.
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Tallies three base knocks
OFWashington Nationals
September 11, 2022
Thomas went 3-for-5 with two RBI and one run scored in Saturday's 8-5 loss to Philadelphia.
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Scores twice in win
OFWashington Nationals
September 4, 2022
Thomas went 2-for-4 with a double, a walk and two runs scored in Sunday's win over the Mets.
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